Concert celebrates lives lost in fire
A benefit concert has been organized in memory of three Georgetown natives who perished in a fire at their Toronto apartment unit in March.
Joy Fest will feature 17 bands in a day-long festival held at Nashville North in Norval on Friday, Aug. 8 and organizers expect that several hundred people will attend.
Local residents Alysia Graham, Jordan Boyer and Katie Charron, longtime friends who had reunited to live together in Toronto, died in a fire in the top floor of their Dovercourt Rd. residence on March 7. Another roommate, Ethan Leal, was able to escape with minor injuries.
“After their funerals, we all went to a friend’s house and we all agreed that we wanted to do something to commemorate their lives,” said Jordan Brown, a friend of the group who is a part-time concert promoter.
“The families are going to decide where the money raised will go to, but I know that they’re thinking of a charity called SKETCH, because they were all artistically skilled people who were into drawing, photography and painting.”
Headling the festival is Mississauga-based Ill Scarlett and a number of Halton Hills bands are on the bill, including Half Beat, Young Funerals, Real Life Situation and Chapter 64.
The all-indoors festival is scheduled to run from 3 p.m to midnight on Aug. 8, with an after party to follow.
Brown expects demand for tickets to grow when the headlining DJ is announced in the coming days.
“They had a very wide circle of friends and we’ve got about 500 tickets sold,” added Brown.
“This is something we’d like to do annually in their memory and I think next year it could be a whole lot bigger when we’re able to put a lot more time and money into it.”
Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 on the day of the festival and can be purchased at www.ticketscene.com. For more info, visit the Knucklehead Promotions Facebook page.